Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer - Minhas Craft Brewery
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 152 | Reviews: 65 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Enish266:
1.7/5 rDev -35.6%
22 oz bottle for $1.99 from Trader Joe's. Code on bottom is 1277 01W1277. This doesn't match up with bottle date codes online and my best guess is it was bottled on the 277th day of 2011. If that information is right it is approximately three months old.
A - Deep reddish-copper hue. Head is moderate and mostly dissipates after a few minutes.
S - Caramel and herbal with a touch of dish soap. I can't for the life of my pick out any hop aromas.
T - Grassy and sweet. This reminds me of an amber or a Märzen much more than a double IPA. Rated at 75 IBU and seems a lot less bitter than that. Finishes with pine and metallic notes. I can't wait to cleanse my palate with something else.
M - Carbonation is on the low side and is thin but sticky at the same time.
O - I only finished half the bottle and had to dump the rest. Not recommended for anyone I like.
01-12-2012 02:34:00 | More by Enish266
More User Reviews:
1.93/5 rDev -26.9%
A: A medium copper with excellent clarity. The persistent head is light tan head with a good head stand.
S: Too estery with moderate smells like bananas but diminishes somewhat as it sits. There is a slight medicinal character, band-aid like. You've got to dig deep to find the hops there even buried under the flowery alcohol aroma which is the only pleasant smell to be found.
T: More fruit flavors with a moderate bitterness and a soapy flavor combining to be pretty harsh. Very little hops flavor with a moderately-strong caramel malt flavor. The balance is slight bitter with harsh edge. The aftertaste is of bitterness and caramel. The finish is medium, edging toward the sweet.
M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. S low astringency and slickness on the palate.
O: I couldn't choke this one down as the first beer of the night do to the soap flavor mixed with the bitterness. Even if this beer died of old age a couple of years back, which would explain the lack of hops aroma and flavor, It was still a flawed beer. I hate to slam a beer but if this was a home brew I'd suggest a number of potential sources of error including; check sanitation, watch the fermentation temperature, use a high alpha acid hops, use food grade rubber hoses, rinse sanitizing solution thoroughly and of course pitch a healthy active starter. It's not infected just off.
Serving type: bottle
11-26-2012 00:13:43 | More by MadScientist
2.48/5 rDev -6.1%
Copper colored, poured with small head that dissipated quickly. Little to no lacing. Overall impression of the flavor, with my limited palate, is that it reminds me of an Imperial Oktoberfest. It tastes simultaneously English (the malts), German (the malt and hops) and a little Belgian (the hops and a spicy astringency that reminds me of Belgian yeast).
I don't really get it. This is nothing like an Imperial IPA. Like I said before, it tastes like a Sam Adams Oktoberfest, but with bumped up ABV. Same malt flavor and hop flavor. Even the light, crisp body and near total lack of residual sweetness remind me of such. The only thing that doesn't is the unclean yeast profile.
This is a weird beer, definitely shouldn't be labeled an IIPA. Labels aside, it isn't a very good beer on its own merits. Even for $2 I wouldn't pick this up again. This is unfortunate, since the Boatswain Chocolate Stout is actually pretty damn good, and more than worth the $2.
01-09-2012 02:40:57 | More by JupiterJesus
3.65/5 rDev +38.3%
Twin Screw Steamer opens to a surprisingly malty nose, for a double IPA, for while there is a good bit of hop aroma in here, with grapefruit rind, as well as lighter touches of pine resin, lemon, and a faint bit of dandelion stem, the malts are perhaps stronger, bringing toast crust, biscuit, Grape Nuts cereal, wet wheat, hay, grass, and a bit of toasted nut. Bits of orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters, as well as brown sugar, add further complexity. The aromas as a whole are, in addition, fairly light, regardless of hop-malt balance, and fast-fading, difficult to detect in an open bottle after a minute or two, and what’s left is mainly hay, with bits of sugar.
On the tongue, the beer proves far more flavorful than the nose let on, the initial flavors being a nice sugary, hoppy blend that brings pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, and lesser touches of pine resin, dandelion stem, and lemon from the hops, and a nice assortment of fruit esters, including orange, berry, cherry, apricot, and even touches of melon. A large swath of brown sugar adds further sweetness, and the grains add a nice backing layer of toast crust, biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal. In subsequent sips the sugars aren’t quite as sweet, and a more bitter, piney hop note creeps in, as well as a more earthy, hay-like, grassy malt touch. The aftertaste is more of these latter notes, with even more of a pine resin hop overtone, and lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing up on the tongue.
Overall, this is a decent double IPA, though the weak nose is a strange beginning to what is otherwise a fairly flavorful beer. The flavors are good, and present in decent strength, but lack nuance, especially in the hops, which could use a few extra dimensions to bring a more full and round profile. Having said that, for roughly $2.50 a bomber at Trader Joe’s, you’re not going to get a much better flavor for the price, and the 8.4% ABV is also surprisingly high. Excellent bargain.
03-14-2013 18:54:48 | More by jondeelee
3.28/5 rDev +24.2%
A bomber of craft for $1.99? And a DIPA no less...how can you go wrong with that? I sampled this at The Attic a few nights ago.
This beer is a mildly hazed light orange color. About half a finger of head develops with little staying power, but it manages to leave a foam which itself manages to leave spotty lacing as it drops down the glass.
Aromas are not particularly citric in the nature of the hops profile, though there is a touch. It's mainly herbal and earthy with a bit of a piny note alongside. Malts balance well. Overall this is a very light aroma. I imagine to use a huge load of hops and malts would be considerably more expensive than the profit that could be made for this beer's price. As such, it's sort of a "DIPA light."
The same goes for the flavor, and an interesting thing happens: perhaps it's the lightness of ingredients added, almost like a watering-down (though it's not bad, just a little weak), but this comes off very similar to an ESB with its tea-like character. The other interesting thing is that I'm getting so much earthiness and herbal character that it's almost like a British style, though the style itself is outright American. It should be a fresh bottle, though I can't be entirely sure, but these are my impressions.
The feel is a little light but pleasant, and a rolling smoothness built upon by a consistent carbonation keeps it flowing well. There's a bit of crsipness as well. While a little tame for the style, it stays interesting enough.
To be clear, I find DIPAs to be one of the better styles out there. Scores factor in relation to its style as well as its overall quality.
12-15-2011 14:53:57 | More by Brenden
2.53/5 rDev -4.2%
Appearance - Pours a semi-clear honey orange with a 2 finger head, average retention and a resulting lace that's sparse and somewhat sticky.
Smell - Sweet, bready malt; hop character is heavily buried under the malty aromas.
Taste - Dominant malt character. Sweet and bready. Underwhelming hops. Subtle notes of citrus. Nothing here that would lead one to believe it's double IPA label.
Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and thick; almost syrupy. Sticky. Decent carbonation.
Overall - If this isn't just a re-packaged version of their Rhinelander Underworld "Double IPA" then it's damn close to it. Woefully unbalanced in favor of heavy malt. 75 IBU's? I think that'd surprise even the most discernible of palates. Very 'malt liquor' like in it's feel. Will not buy again. They should be embarrassed to call this a double IPA; it isn't even close.
08-24-2012 04:38:31 | More by TheSixthRing
2.4/5 rDev -9.1%
This delightfully-priced ($2.49 a bomber at Trader Joe's Louisville) imperial IPA is an impressively boozy 8.4% ABV, but fails on all other levels.
It pours a hazy, cloudy amber, with a decent two-finger head of off-white suds and a fair fence-post lacing. Not awful there.
Nose is mild somehow, though. I don't get a lot of hoppiness. Maybe a hint, but almost more of an adjunct corniness. Huh?
Taste is way off balance. This one is heavily malted and boozy. Really disappointing! I can hear an old lady buzzing "Where's the hops?" here. Maybe my bottle was old, but maybe not. A grossly imbalanced IPA and only a good deal if you want to get drunky-drunk.
10-21-2012 22:53:57 | More by secondtooth
2.5/5 rDev -5.3%
22oz bottle poured in pint glass. Beer is a bright red amber with a thin white head. Aroma is again slightly estery. Flavor is oddly sweet. I object to the label "double I.P.A." to describe this. This is an American Strong (pale) Ale, and not a good one. I think it tastes of adjunct and perhaps corn specifically. The balance is all wrong to be any kind of IPA, and there's no distinct hop flavor of any kind, flowery, citrusy, spicy -- nothing. Just syrupy sweet and alcohol with a light carbonation and a back of the throat bitterness. 8.4% ABV and 75 IBU ought to give the brewery enough room to pack in a lot of flavor -- in fact it rather mandates flavor. This is even worse than the Boatswain "single" / American IPA. Inexplicably my expectations were higher. Oh well, it sure was cheap.
02-07-2013 05:55:44 | More by hreb
3.28/5 rDev +24.2%
I pour the Twin Screw Steamahh into a pint glass from a slightly odd looking bomber. Lagunitas perhaps? Or maybe it's just glass envy. Pours a tad orange in color with reasonable clarity. Half an inch of foam drops off in normal fashion.
Nose is citric yet pleasant and lacking any overly forward overt malt notes. Hops remain a bit subdued nonetheless, though at $1.99 this doesn't really surprise. Bit piney and with a moderate bitterness on the back, pleasant yet unexciting up front.
Flavor follows as for structure and expectations. Bready and malty with some hop spice and without any cloying caramel flavor. Yet sweet enough to mask the ABV and smooth though a bit inoccuous. Doesn't really drink like a DIPA given the moderate aroma though this does expand with warming.
Offers decent hop balance and some hop spice notes throughout. Not a great beer but surely a great value.
12-07-2011 06:06:40 | More by HalfFull
2.39/5 rDev -9.5%
Pours clear pale amber with one finger of off white head. Modest lacing.
Smell is not bad just not much there. Slightly malty.
Taste is mild hops, with plenty of malts. Almost like a double Blond Ale if such a thing exists.
Mouthfeel is quite thin for the style.
Overall a tasty beer that doesn't belong in this style category. Also I never found the alcohol to be off putting.
03-15-2013 03:04:06 | More by Spikester
1.16/5 rDev -56.1%
Poured into wine goblet
A:clear dark amber. No carbination fat tan head dies kinda slowly good lacing but looks watery
S:Malty woody grain sweet fruit alcohol smell. This smell reminds me of cheap low grade beer. Like pbr.
T: soapy upfront acrid bitter grain alcohol not hop bitter. Slight malt backbone.some slight fruit esters The soapy bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.
M: thin watery slick like old hard grease
O:Wow this is petty nasty.its hasrsh bitter soapy and greasy .Even the 8.5% ABV IS not a saving grace.I would actually rather have a PBR a least it's clean not soapy or grain alcohol like. This tastes like I should be stripping my wood funiture with it.Good if you want to get drunk and don't care HOW! Or why!
05-14-2013 04:26:06 | More by WalterHeisenberg
3.2/5 rDev +21.2%
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a massive three finger slightly off white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit and bready malt, faint grassy hops. Flavor follows, dominated by a pleasant biscuit malt with slight fruit and a faint spiciness. Barely a hint of hops. Decent medium body with light creaminess. This is a hard ale to rate. It actually tastes pleasant and malty, like a light weight old ale. But it doesn't even approach a IPA let alone a DIPA in hopping. One wonders if there are shelf life issues here, although the reviews are fairly consistent. Maybe the brewery doesn't quite get the idea of an IPA. Bottom line, I really kind of like this, the malt is pleasant and there is enough flavor to well cover the alcohol. I'm going to enjoy finishing the bottle, but this is on a different planet from an IPA. Sadly the flavor and overall ratings are lower than the enjoyment rating would have been, but this says "double IPA" in big letters on the bottle, so it's gotta take the hits; but I can't give it a bad rating, because it is an ok malty ale.
02-07-2013 04:09:06 | More by LiquidAmber
Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer from Minhas Craft Brewery
64 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.